While I plan on visiting both cities, I'd like opinions on which one to stay in. I will be in Belgium for 8 nights in September before moving on to the Netherlands and was planning on splitting my nights as such:
3 nights Brussels (day trip to Ypres Salient)
2 nights Ghent (day trip to Bruges)
3 nights Antwerp
I prefer cities with some grit; for example, I much prefer Budapest to Vienna, Madrid to Barcelona, and was not a fan of Prague. I plan on seeing as much Old Flemish Masters art as possible and visiting as many breweries as I can. I feel like I'm making the right choice by not staying overnight in Bruges but I still have a nagging doubt.